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Courts and KidsPursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts$
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Michael A. Rebell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226706191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226706184.001.0001

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Defining Success in Sound Basic Education Litigations

Defining Success in Sound Basic Education Litigations

(p.30) Chapter Three Defining Success in Sound Basic Education Litigations
Courts and Kids
University of Chicago Press

Plaintiffs' extraordinary winning record at the liability stage of the sound basic education cases is both an indication of the depth of the continuing denial of educational opportunities to most low-income and minority students more than fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, as well as a reflection of the continuing vigor of the United States' egalitarian tradition that still strongly seeks to overcome these inequities. Analyses of expenditure patterns in specific states show that litigation does result in a reduction in spending disparities and an increase in educational expenditures. Asserting that success must mean the promotion of educational equity that provides all students a sound basic education on a sustained basis, this chapter postulates that constitutional compliance means developing and implementing challenging academic and performance standards, adequate funding, and effective programs and accountability mechanisms, all of which should culminate in substantially improved student achievement.

Keywords:   sound basic education, United States, minority students, student achievement, litigation, constitutional compliance, educational equity, funding, accountability, performance standards

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